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What Happens When a Woman Wins an Election? Evidence from Close Races in Brazil


Fernanda Brollo


University of Warwick - Department of Economics

Ugo Troiano


University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Economics

November 7, 2014


Abstract:     
We analyze the effect of the gender of local policymakers on policy outcomes. Analyzing a rich dataset from Brazilian municipalities and using a regression discontinuity design, we find that municipalities ruled by female mayors have better health outcomes, receive more federal discretionary transfers, and have lower corruption. Additionally, male mayors hire more temporary public employees than their female counter-parts when they are allowed to run for re-election, and when municipal elections are approaching. These findings suggest that male mayors may promote more political patronage than female mayors and that men and women may respond differently to local election incentives.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

Keywords: gender, politics, corruption, patronage

JEL Classification: J16, P16, D72, I00, I18

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Date posted: February 6, 2012 ; Last revised: November 9, 2014

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Brollo, Fernanda and Troiano, Ugo, What Happens When a Woman Wins an Election? Evidence from Close Races in Brazil (November 7, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1999067 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1999067

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Fernanda Brollo
University of Warwick - Department of Economics ( email )
Gibbet Hill Rd.
Coventry, West Midlands CV4 8UW
United Kingdom
Ugo Troiano (Contact Author)
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Economics ( email )
611 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1220
United States
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